NORTH CAROLINA AGRICULTURAL AND TECHNICAL STATE UNIVERSITY

Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Department: Industrial Engineering
 

 

PROGRAM BACKGROUND

Title of program

Human-Machine Systems Engineering (MS, PhD) 

Year human factors/ergonomics program was established

1990

Accredited by HFES?

No

Contact person for more information, including applications

Celestine A. Ntuen, NC A&T State University, Department of Industrial Engineering, Greensboro, NC 27411
336/334-7780, fax 336/334-7729
ntuen@ncat.edu  

Catalog (free)

North Carolina A&T State University, 419 McNair Hall, Department of Industrial Engineering, Greensboro, NC 27411

Academic calendar

Semester

Human factors/ergonomics graduate degrees offered

MS and PhD

Goals, objectives, and emphasis of the program

Human-machine systems engineering is concerned with the analysis of knowledge about people and machines as they interact in real-world situations. Research activities in the Human-Machine Systems Engineering Laboratory include the development of models to characterize the human operator interacting with complex systems, such as modern aircraft and manufacturing systems, human-machine interaction, quantitative human factors model, cognitive ergonomics, human reliability and safety, decision aiding, intelligent supervisory control (including monitoring, diagnosis, and maintenance), and cognitive systems engineering. The program option emphasizes cognitive human factors. Good opportunity exists for interdisciplinary cooperation among the faculty in Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Mathematics Departments.

Number of degrees granted during last 3 years

MS 7

Can students attend part-time?

Yes

Are required courses offered at night?

Yes

Does the university have an HFES student chapter?

No


 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Application deadlines

December 1 (spring), July 1 (fall) for financial support

Application fee

$25


 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Minimum requirements

GPA: 3.0 

GRE: yes

Other: TOEFL for foreign students; GRE recommended. Undergraduate major in engineering or in the physical, biological, or behavioral sciences with a good foundation in calculus and statistics. Some makeup in basic engineering courses may be required for nonengineering students.

Importance of other criteria as admission factors

Research: medium 

Work experience: medium 

Letters: high 

Interview: low

Tuition and fees

Resident: $1,179/semester

Nonresident: $5,213/semester


 

ADMISSIONS

Number of students applying to the human factors/ergonomics program last year

8

Number of students accepted into the program last year

6

Anticipated number of openings per year for the next two years

10


 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Percentage of students in program receiving financial assistance

100%

Amount received per year (minimum – typical – maximum)

$5,000 – $10,000 – $12,000 

Types of assistance available

Fellowships, TA, RA (none tuition exempt)

When should students apply for financial assistance?

After acceptance into program


 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Graduate degrees offered

MS and PhD

Number of units required

MS: 30

PhD: 75 beyond bachelors including research 

Exams required

MS: thesis defense exam

PhD: qualifying exam, preliminary exam, dissertation defense

Language requirements

None

Research required

None

Practical experience required

None

Typical number of years required to obtain degree

MS: 2


 

CURRICULUM

Required courses (units)

Human-Machine Systems (3), Information Systems (3), Human-Machine Interaction (3), Experimental Design (3)

Electives (units)

Cognitive Systems Engineering (3)

Number of courses outside department that are required

0

Number of courses outside department that are recommended

2

Average or typical class size in a required course

10


 

RESEARCH/TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES

Research and support facilities available to students in the program: 

Laboratory facilities include 1100 square feet in the Ergonomics Lab and 1600 square feet in the Human-Machine Systems Engineering Lab. Equipment in the Ergonomics Lab includes physiological monitoring and human performance measurement equipment; human strength-recording devices; six-channel datagraph for measuring heart rate, EMG, EKG, EEG, etc.; learning and motor skills evaluation devices; sensory and perception, reaction time, timing, programming, and biofeedback devices. The Human-Machine Systems Engineering Lab includes an audiometric chamber, computer monitoring station, ISCAN eye tracking equipment, virtual reality simulator, and a physical flight simulator. 

Teaching opportunities available to students in the program:
n/a


 

STUDENT STATISTICS

Current number of active students in program, by gender

6 men, 5 women

Current number of first-year students
in program

4

Based on current graduate students in the PhD program, the mean score on admission tests and undergraduate GPA by degree being sought are

n/a


 

FACULTY

Celestine A. Ntuen, PhD 1984, West Virginia U.; industrial engineering (systems simulation)

Daniel N. Mountjoy, PhD 2001, North Carolina State U.; industrial engineering (visual display design)